Joseph Benjamin Earp is the Director of Athletic Bands at Limestone University in Gaffney, South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Master of Music in Music Education from Anderson University (Anderson, South Carolina), and Doctor of Music Education degree from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In 2019, Dr. Earp was inducted into the Omega Nu Lambda National College Honor Society based on his academic achievement at Liberty University. Recently, he was named as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient by the College of Arts and Architecture at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
His professional teaching career began in 2006 as Director of Bands at Seneca High School in South Carolina. After two years, he then taught band at Robbinsville Middle and High Schools for a year before becoming the founding Director of Bands at Cox Mill High School in Concord, North Carolina. Major accomplishments teaching at the secondary level include one of his symphonic bands auditioning and being selected to perform at the 2013 North Carolina Music Educators State Conference, multiple superior ratings, grand championships, awards, and recognitions from his instrumental ensembles. After eight years of numerous achievements at Cox Mill High School, he moved into his current role at Limestone University, elevating many elements of Limestone’s athletic band program. A major accomplishment of the Limestone University Marching Saints was auditioning and being selected to lead one of the afternoon parades at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in January of 2019.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Earp is an active published composer and arranger with his music being performed internationally. His works are made available by BKJ Publications, CTS Publications, and RWS Music Company. Both CTS Publications and RWS Music Company are distributed worldwide by C. L. Barnhouse. A couple of his recent concert band works, Ghillie Dhu (2020) and Where the Wild Things Dance (2019), were selected by J. W. Pepper to be part of their Editors’ Choice catalog. Other major compositional accomplishments include being winner of the 2010 Claude T. Smith Composition Contest in Missouri and winner of the 2018 Thornton Community Band Composition Contest in Colorado. He currently resides in Concord, North Carolina with his wife Mary Beth and sons Jackson and Jasper.
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Awards and Recognitions
- Doctor of Music Education (DME) from Liberty University (Virginia, 2020)
2020 UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture Distinguished Alumni Recipient (North Carolina)
- Demonstrated core themes of the college’s vision: professionalism; global perspective; environmental engagement; connectivity with community; collaboration; and the emergence of new ideas, skills, and practices.
2019 Where the Wild Things Dance for Concert Band
- Selected to be included in J. W. Pepper’s 2019 Editors’ Choice Catalog
2018 Thornton Community Band Composition Contest Winner (Colorado)
- Original composition for concert band was selected to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Thornton Community Band
2014 Loving Lenoir Award (City of Lenoir, North Carolina)
- Continuing to share and honor the historical importance of the famous Lenoir High School Band
2012 Outstanding Teacher Award (Cox Mill High School – Concord, North Carolina)
- Selected based on demonstrated effective teaching practices and dedication to student learning
2010 Claude T. Smith Memorial Composition Contest (Missouri)
- Original composition was selected by the contest sponsor, Phi Beta Mu (Lambda Chapter)
2009 UNC Charlotte Alumni Achievement Award (North Carolina)
- Selected based on crafting a composition that was selected to win the Claude T. Smith Memorial Composition Contest
2002 John Philip Sousa Award (West Caldwell High School – Lenoir, North Carolina)
- Selected for superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation
Mr. Earp is a proud member of NAfME, NCMEA, SCMEA, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, South Carolina Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association and ASCAP. He is also an active clinician, adjudicator and commissioned composer.
Joseph resides in Concord, North Carolina with his wife, Mary Beth, and sons, Jackson and Jasper.
- Director of Athletic Bands